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The Modernity of Korean Animation Films in the 1960s: Focusing on Dong-heon Shin

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2016, 48(), pp.3-38
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.48.0.01
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : August 31, 2016

Yooshin Park 1

1서울교육대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The history of the production of animation in Korea can be traced back to the 1960s. At the time, animation was part of the visual culture, as well as a major scientific technique for establishing modernity in Korea. Shin Dong-heon can be considered and a modernist who led the technical and artistic development of animation during this period. This study focuses on the modernity of Korean animation in the 1960s and analyses the personal background and modernist aspects of the animator Shin Dong-heon, a leading figure in the field of animation during this era. Furthermore, the study focuses on his work process and the artistic characteristics of his work. Shin Dong-heon grew up in the culturally open atmosphere of Hamgyong Province, Korea; he was influenced by the education of modernist intellectuals and foreign culture. He thought of himself as a producer of new media and a technician of the era and led the visual culture while interacting with contemporary modernists. In addition to Korean traditional art and newspaper cartoons, Shin Dong-heon was influenced by early American animation, as well as contemporaneous animation styles, and freely utilized artistic styles, as needed. His works reflect the aspirations of the Korean society at the time, such as Korean Animation Films, Dong-heon Shin, Korean Modern Animation, 1960's Animation Film.utopian ideals, a will for societal reform, and modern self-reflection.

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